This is one of the most visited monuments in London, and that is a very important piece of information, since we must take into account the enormous monumental and artistic heritage treasured by the British capital.
This Tower of London, on the banks of the River Thames, was built by King William the Conqueror in the 11th century, when it was created as a fortress, however over the centuries it has also been a royal residence, an arsenal, a mint and even a wildlife reserve. However, its best-known use is as a seat and a real stone chest where the Crown Jewels, an artistic treasure of the first order, are safeguarded.
Tower of London
And of course it has also been the most famous prison in London, in which kings, queens and top politicians in English history have been imprisoned.
That is to say, it is a place full of history and also legends and contradictions, because for example it is known as the Tower of London, but in reality it is a very large complex with walls and various towers, all of them with its own name as Tower Green, Bloody Tower or White Tower, the latter being the oldest of all.
Aerial view of the Tower of London complex
When this keep was built in theXI century, it was the main one of the set and also the residence of the king. In total, the tower, with a floor plan of 36 x 32 meters and 27 meters high, had three floors, specifically a basement, an entrance level and a raised floor. And it is that the access in this type of towers of Norman origin was always done by means of a staircase and one never entered at ground level, but at a higher level. Leaving the basement, like a kind of underground warehouse or cellar.
In turn, each floor is divided into three chambers. And of all of them, one of the most striking is that of the Chapel. The great wonder is that despite continued use for centuries, this entire arrangement has survived to this day practically intact and with few reforms.